Art Business Foundation

Researching training plans for my first Ironman (a 3.86k swim, 180.25k bike and 42.2 run endurance event) I dove into books by famous pro’s. Start at the top was my motto, and they had it down to a science. The problem with this approach was I didn’t have time to accommodate their rigorous training plans while working a full time desk job with an art career on the side.

 I  knew something about endurance sport participating in marathons, but Ironman was a whole other ballgame. 

I changed my tactic, approaching people who had finished the event unscathed. Regular folk like me, who had full time jobs and life commitments without the genetics of a born athlete. I carried a notebook penciling in their best advice. 

I needed to engage with participants at the race and hear their experience first hand. An ideal role allowing individual athlete time was volunteering at the finish line massage tent. Lacking massage expertise wasn’t a deterrent, I took a two day shiatsu course and approached the volunteer committee with my certificate. Agreeing to a training workshop with their RMT’s secured my spot. 

My four hour shift turned into 8 when my replacement never arrived, making it one of the most enlightening, if not exhausting moves I made to gather training intel.  Witnessing how athletes were feeling physically and emotionally immediately crossing the finish line was invaluable. 

I approach my art career in similar fashion. While its wise not to be blind to masters methods, I am curious about those who didn’t have an easy path in their field, in art or otherwise. I scrutinize every job and activity for life gems, gaining art business education from some unorthodox places.

I learned effective communication as a travel agent and customer service waiting tables. I discovered how not to package shipping items working in a warehouse. Time management attributes matured employed as a maid for resort hotel.Being non presumptuous enabled me, to have great working relationships with bushmen in arctic exploration. I developed a thick skin, listening skills and intuitiveness working in advertising. While employed by a national business magazine, one client dubbed me ‘ the chihuahua’ explaining, while working in a male dominated field I was ‘ tiny, unafraid to play with the big dogs, and the persistence of a dog with a bone.”

I am not a naturally gifted artist, yet I have managed to carve out a career in a field many do not consider qualifies as a ‘real’ career. My strengths lie in chihuahua persistence, curiosity, open mindedness, street smarts, vision and a deep desire to make a difference. 

~NEW WORK!

Northern Sunlit Shore 30×40 oil $2,970.oo

Blue Skies & Fireweed 24×30 oil $1,980.oo (shown in studio & natural light).

~ thanks for your inquiries asking about art business skills. Conducting research is valuable, and life experience can be transferable to your future goals. Sending good thoughts your way.

~ Dawn photo- Ironman Canada 2006.

Making of an Artist & the Creative Act

It’s understanding the subtle lift of your child’s brow. Recognizing a parent’s gait and unspoken emotion in a siblings tone. It’s knowing every curve of your lover’s face.

Beyond detached scientific study, painting needs emotional connection. Familiarity with the muse is built on observation one possess’s of a loved one.  Creating art is an intimate act. 

Exploration of subject requires eye, hand, & heart. To gain understanding, observation comes from a place of non -judgement forming an artist/ muse bond. 

My artistic journey was not born of ambition or love of drawing, but a love of horses.  I found them fascinating, the way many little girls do.

Horses lived in my beloved storybooks like ‘Black Beauty’ and on my cousins’ farms. Witnessing loving bonds between these magnificent creatures and people, I wanted a  part of that experience. Drawing was a way to do that.

Perhaps loneliness played a part in my creative beginning. 

Missing my older brother when he started school, I spent my days wandering the park woods where we lived. Naturally shy, drawn to quiet activities, visual stories came to life on paper with a child’s vibrant imagination.

A combination of personality, environment, comfortable being alone, work ethic, timing, and events spark creativity for many artists, as it did for me. 

The elements of an artistic life were in place by the time my artist babysitter came along. 

Thou drawing never came naturally to me, an ability to focus and relentlessness helped.

As my drawing confidence grew over the years, so did my subjects, expanding from animals, people, and nature. 

Growing up in wilderness, my connection to it is a loving familial bond formed in childhood.

Landscape art became my prime focus later in life when I discovered people of any age, culture, language, religion, or country find solace & connection to nature. Nature is a universal language. 

It’s said an artist’s spirit is imprinted within their work.  I believe there is an exchange, the muse spirit is imprinted within artist. ~’

Note: The best way to draw anything is eliminate mental identity labels of the subject. It takes practice to move past preconceived impressions and find the subject’s ‘essence’. Observe with eyes anew, curiosity and wonder. 

I believe it’s wonderful life approach, not just in art. 

~ “ I have worked with horses my whole life, and you know horses.” client at the Shurniak gallery, admiring ‘Bronco’.

New Work available:

“SKY over Lake” 3ft x `4ft oil ( two photos shown, in progress) $4,345.oo

“SKY” 4ft x 3ft oil $4,345.oo

~early drawings shown in three photos.~

“Kenosee”14×18 oil $910.oo

“Forest Nook” 14×18 oil $910.oo

“Bronco” charcoal & acrylic. SOLD

Learning Process

It’s too bad, really…”I think I am beginning to learn something about it. ” Renoir’s last words at 78.

‘Just starting to get the hang of it’ after a lifetime of artistic achievement, Renoir brilliantly captures the concept of artist process.

Achieving success with mature style and building a following is just beginning. Creating art is a constant evolution of learning.

Process needs to be fluid for growth.

“That I will never know it all is a part of the appeal. I am forever a student….. Thank God.” A popular watercolorist declared with a sigh. Decades of success to his credit, he hosts workshops around the world.

During an interview with Robert Bateman, the radio host declared his work is of an accomplished master. Bateman disagreed. “I have yet to create a true masterpiece.” He spoke of continuing to learn, challenge himself and evolve his work. “I hope I never feel I have ‘learned it all’. One can become stagnant. If that happens I might as well be dead.” 

His last sentence struck me powerfully. It’s the dread of many artists, growing stagnant, no longer engaged by the work to improve, to master.



Another iconic painter confessed privately, ” the blank canvas scares me. Beginning, FACING it, that’s so fearful.” He shared this after selling $50K of paintings in the first ten minutes of his solo show 15 years ago. Patrons had lined the sidewalk waiting for the show to open. 

It’s a myth that an ’accomplished’ artist has absolution in process. That it’s effortlessly routine.

Process is just pigment, medium, tools and linen. Methods evolve.

Creating is complex, it’s doing a brand new puzzle in your mind each time, then figuring out a way to execute it. That means process changes, influenced by ‘the idea.’

We are beginners, every single day. To proceed knowingly inept to a degree, takes courage. It’s about embracing vulnerability, or at least accepting it.

Stepping to the easel with the uneasiness of a student is wonderfully humbling. Process follows when you uncover your spark. Stoke inspiration’s flame. Focus on the flare, less on process. The rest is just tools. 

~

New Work!!

“Tundra Sanctuary” 24×30 oil on canvas ( shown in both natural and studio light) $1,980.oo

River of Light” 11×14 oil on canvas $660.oo

Prolific

The first person to call me prolific is a brilliant impressionist. My friend Patrick.

I had to look it up.

Pro-lif-ic 

/prəˈlifik/ dictionary 

adjective

adjective: prolific

1. ( of plant, animal or person) producing much fruit or foliage or many offspring. 

2. present in large numbers or quantities. Plentiful. Abundant.  Productive, creative, inventive, fertile.

What’s interesting about this definition, not once does it say “easily”.  
Yet, it’s a common misunderstanding it must be for creatives who are prolific.
Those two words in conjunction with another fly around me fairly often. “Prolific, easy, natural”.
Only one is true. I am prolific.
I produce a mountain of work, not because its easy or natural. Not one little iota. 

Iota – [ahy-oh-tuh]“something very small, iota is the smallest letter in the Greek Alphabet”.

There are very few natural genius’s. I have met many artists, musicians, writers who agree. In fact, I have yet to meet one who said the work came easily.

 
There’s danger in assuming every artist is a natural easy talent. 
First: it devalues their work effort, education, evolved skill. 
Second: it becomes a cop out for those who want to attempt creative practice. I hear this all the time. “Oh I wasn’t born with it like you were, so why bother.”

Friends, I wasn’t born with it either. 
Dad describes it best, sharing his perspective with Mr. Shurniak recently, “For years she drew and drew and drew, and it never looked like anything. Then one day it did.” I love that he continues to share this story, because it’s honest. 

Last week a friend asked what the hardest part of my job is.

It’s creating the work. Because without quality work, without feeling good about what I release, the rest  of it, selling, promoting, etc, is not just challenging, it’s impossible.

I still produce duds. It comes with the territory. Perhaps where I excel is being able to overcome the frustration.To not be bogged down, or hampered by it. Or, like some, insulted by it. 

Privileged to do what I love, not knowing how long I will be able to do it, I am driven by a sense of urgency. With an unquenchable thirst to improve, to delight and engage you, I just get back to work.

 “Keep busy while you are waiting for something to happen.” Robert Genn. 

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NEW!

“Beach” 11×14 oil on canvas $660.oo

“Carnation” oil on board sketch

“Sky over Field” 8×10 oil on canvas $500.oo

“Out of the Ashes, Into the Clouds” 24×30 work in progress oil $1,980.oo

Decsendants & Decisions


 I think about your great grand babies at tax time. 

Your descendants, great nephews, nieces, friends of the family.

New “Blue Skies”

To explain, I’ll share a story from one of the most recognized art dealers in the country. 

Many amazing artists hail from eastern Canada. Once such painter from rural Quebec reached fame with his beautiful compositions. He built his business without the assistance of dealers. From his home studio, raising his family on his earnings, he did very well. His work was collected across the country, internationally, and exhibited in the National Gallery. After he passed collectors approached art dealers to sell their treasures, hoping to collect on their investment. 

Not one dealer or auctioneer could accept the paintings. 

You see, his art enterprise was a cash business. With no established paper trail, or secondary market record, dealers could not legally accept the work. 

Before an art dealer/ broker /auctioneer purchases or accepts art on consignment, they have to establish provenance, and prove the work was not stolen. They might believe wholeheartedly your attic art collection belonged to Auntie May, they also need to proof.

I direct clients asking about selling historical work to appraisers/ accredited art dealers and suggest they gather evidence on their collection. This may include receipts of purchase, insurance records, letters between the artist & themselves, letters describing the gift, or purchase. 

New “Ocean” finally complete!

Original art sold thru auction is called the secondary market. Art is submitted thru a recognized art dealer ( gallery), not the artist. 

For the seller, art may take time to establish value when first introduced at auction. The purpose is to establish public record of sale. Like fancy street creds, the artist’s work & name becomes more recognized, adding value to all original work by the artist, benefiting the collectors. ( more on the auction industry, see post “Canadian Art Specialist”)

Three new paintings shipped to Hambleton Galleries this week!

Artists have access to a global market with the web at their fingertips. Many ask why work with Galleries, who’s commission fees are usually 50%, when the work is selling well from my own studio.

I could have my work in other galleries, why choose the challenging route of working with known dealers and who sell both contemporary & historical art? 

  1. They can introduce my work to the secondary market . 
  2. Corporate collectors are often restricted to purchase work directly from galleries & not the artist. 
  3. High end collectors purchasing historical work, see mine among it. Value by association. 
  4. They expose my work to clients I would not have access to on my own. Many have an established reputation in the industry spanning decades.                                         

Working hard to create quality paintings, in conjunction with business decisions like these, producing paper trails, declaring income for taxes, all come to mind when I think of your great grand babies. 

You may not sell your Dawn collection, but they might. Not only do I want that option available to my collectors, I feel accountable. It’s not about my legacy, but yours. 

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New!

Blue Skies 4ftx2ft oil on canvas $3,960.00

“Ocean” complete two days ago with final light added. It has a lovely soft feel. 4ftx3ft oil on canvas $4,345.00

Three new paintings above shipped to Hambleton Galleries, arriving in the Kelowna Gallery TODAY!


The “To Do” List

Write your “to do” list.  Now put the word “Get” in front of it.
This simple exercise inspires a perspective of gratitude. 

SKY

Not the type to benefit seeing thru rose coloured glasses? Science suggests you are. 

The human mind has tremendous power over how we react to or anticipate experience. It has a direct impact on outcome, and friends, it can go a longgg way.

How much information we absorb, complete tasks, respond to crisis, or stay true to new years resolutions, can begin with attitude. 

lavender farm

Weeks prior to her 2 year booster shot, my cousin prepared her daughter saying she was one of the luckiest girls in the world… to be getting a needle. 

“Many little girls won’t have this opportunity, it is going to be so AWESOME and so FUN!” my cousin explained. No need to sway her cooperation with a promised treat, the booster shot was the treat.

The drive to the clinic had a festive party feel, my tiny cousin beside herself with joy.

Little Allie announced to her good fortune to wait room patients, her excitement nearly uncontainable. Hopping up on the table, she thanked the nurse for this amazing shot, didn’t cry, and glowed showing off her needle mark like a Bunny tattoo. 

Not easily convinced as perhaps, a two year old? Hang on to your party hat, because purposefully reframing events can still influence your experience & the outcome. Awareness of our external and internal words we apply to events and being mindful is important. In our culture we often apply the words ” have to” Ie: ” I have to go for groceries. I have to pick up the kids, I have to.. ” Changing words changes perspective and lessens mental burden. Having a growth mindset or fixed mindset can also be a determining factor in potential. 

“Your beliefs become your thoughts, your thoughts become your words, your words become your actions, your actions become your habits, your habits become your values, your values become your destiny.” Mahatma Gandhi

Sunset over lakeside Vineyard

Proper mental health care coping with challenging experiences/ emotions is so important. This isn’t about sweeping tough experiences under the rug, rather it’s about applying positive thinking appropriately as a tool, not a poster cliche. 

Ocean

Envisioning circumstance in a positive light makes space for peace, fuels opportunity, ignites solutions, builds resilience, and may increase compassion for others. It can begin with a heart of gratitude.

So, what do you get to do today? ~ 

Note: Congrats to my ‘little cousin’ Allie, who graduated Medical school in 2018, now working full time as a GP MD.

NEW WORK!

“SKY” 4ft x3ft now complete! available $4,345.00

“Lavender Farm” 24×30 original oil 

Sunset over Lakeside Vineyard” 22×28 original oil ~ With Lavender Farm will be shipped to the Hambleton Galleries (& a third in the works) avail for purchase.

“Ocean” 4ftx3ft has new features to engage you, so happy with it! $4,345.00

 All available ART for purchase, please click here.  Email dawn@dawnbanning.com to purchase.

Note: So happy to donate Autumn Forest Trail 4ftx3ft to Transition to Betterness Charity Gala Jan 26, Which provides comfort to patients and families impacted by life-altering illness.

Where the Light Gets In

Leonard Cohen’s “Anthem” drifted in my mind while tracing a brushstroke with my bare hand thru the half finished painting.

“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.”

It completely changed the dynamics of the painting.

Planning art exhibitions is a little like planning your birthday party for strangers. 

There may be months or, in this case years of preparations.

You hope dear friends arrive, to meet new ones, have inspiring conversations, enjoying exchanging of gifts.

It can be an exciting, nerve wracking, rewarding event inspiring a desire to sleep for month after.

This is how I have felt since returning from a whirlwind year & month long western ‘tour’.

It is only the second time in a decade I put down the brush for more than a week. 

Painting after a month away can be a challenge, like your first season golf swing, or running after a month break. One may feel daunted & rusty. 

I prepare for a painting hiatus by leaving at least two paintings near completion & one barely begun. Upon return, projects are viewed with fresh eyes, without the pressure of starting a completely blank canvas. I ease my way in by finishing two the first two fairly quickly, encouraging a feeling of accomplishment. 

Next, for the project in early progress (or the first blank canvas) I use a completely different approach by choosing a difficult composition. One that scares my socks off.

Painting a canvas in progress facilities bravery, because there is nothing left to lose, or fear of ruining a new canvas in case it goes south.

Some of my best creations came to fruition applying this method. For one thing, the underpainting contributes to the composition in ways I could not have imagined. 

SKY began as a moonlit tree. 

Returning to the studio I traced a beam of light along a painted branch and a light filled sky filled my mind. 

The painting changed direction and SKY emerged.

The vertical rather abstract orientation, and focal point near centre make the composition challenging. It’s balanced by amazing diagonals soaring across the sky painted in a more realistic style. It helps you feel at one immersed within and pulled along.

I could spend a lifetime painting skies and it would be enough. An impactful exhibit of time made visible. Fleeting whispers merge, vibrate, disappear and change form as quickly as a thought threads thru your mind. 

The sky overhead is a wonderful reminder of the life’s fluidity. We bear witness to it in real time. The drama, action, and contrast is all there, each unique in moments, colour, movement, and light playing on the landscape. 

A tangible force of energy we can observe daily. 

While adding filtered light near completion in the painting, Cohen’s song drifted in my mind, bringing a heartfelt warmth.

How appropriate for a painting that was not meant to be, but contributed to what is. How fitting for a sky that moves in light with darkness giving way. 

“Forget your perfect offering.” How true of Impressionism, not illustrative of  photo perfection, but reflecting something beyond, with emotional intensity, offered in love.

Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack, a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in.

“~

New Work “ SKY” 4ft x 3ft original oil $4,345.00

Note: Looking up is the quickest way for a mood lift. Why? Head position greatly influences mood.

https://thriveglobal.com/stories/the-8-secrets-to-using-your-body-to-instantly-boost-your-mood/

Arena of Possibility

Invest in your potential’ is a powerful call to action. 

While envisioning possibility is part of the equation, recognizing your controlling ability puts dreams into motion.

It makes them tangible. 

Red Canoe avail.

Author Jen Sincero relates her statement to professional development, and, like many business advisors, she says changing or ’upgrading’ your environment has a direct influence on your growth.

You already have a lot going for you. 

Nearly every experience, job, interaction, has been an opportunity for growth. Even the tough ones.

Whether it be as monumental as coping with great loss, illness, business failure, challenging circumstance & people or simply figuring out how to fix your own plumbing.

 If you haven’t recognized your achiever or hero within yet, know it exists. Look in your past when you shone in the face of adversity. 

Everyone has potential, every single person has the right to be in the arena of possibility.

Bruce Springsteen says “I am just a boy from new jersey” during his broadway play. Thou he recognized the ‘fire in his belly’ to be a successful musician at a young age, he quit guitar lessons after two weeks, because it “was too hard’.

Stories of success in career, health, fitness, creativity, innovation, are littered with stages of quitting, changing direction, challenging peaks and valleys. 

Mountain sunrise avail.

Achievers know there isn’t an absolute end game. Success is fluid. Growth is a continuous lifestyle path.

They embrace change, new ideas, persist, reframe failure as a stepping stone, not cement boots. 

Mostly, they believe. 

Deep down they know they are worthy, with great potential, regardless of age or circumstance. 

Lucky breaks do not fall in their lap, they create their own. They build support systems, gather knowledge & teams who support the dream.

Achievements hard won have longevity. The strength & resilience you build is transferable to other aspects in your life. 

Accepting that it will not be easy, there may be times you will want to give up, or feel grouchy about the whole deal is, in itself, freeing. Because when they happen you aren’t surprised, and you can get on with it.

Whatever mountains you face, know you are not alone, you have potential and can equip yourself with the tools to make your dreams reality. 

 4 Investment Potential keys :

1) Believe. Live & breathe awareness that you embody potential. 

2) Invest in knowledge. Research others success’s in varying fields. Dreams don’t happen overnight, they take preparation and real life strategy. Discover the steps to make it happen. *Baby steps still move you forward.

3) Improve your surroundings. Invest in things that inspire, delight, calm and motivate you. A positive organized space is a productive one. Whether it be clearing your pantry of junk food, or having clean tools handy, the things ( and people) that surround you contribute to your ( demise) or success. 

*Art positively affects work, fitness, & home environments.JUST three examples: Fitness Endurance:Runner’s World reported athletes were able to work out longer while viewing art of their favourite vacation spots. Productive, Happy & Communicative: Corporate staff stated they were more productive, positive and communicative when original art was placed in their office environment. Healthcare: research states patients heal faster & need less pain medication when exposed to nature art.

4) Invest in your body, mind & spirit. (Self care.) Everything requires energy. Deplete it by living an unhealthy lifestyle and it will be challenging to be of service to your family, work, community, or your dreams. A foundation of good health is necessity. * You are never too old to put this in motion.

Investing in your potential can be empowering and fun. Sourcing ways to bring your dream to fruition is like building a support system in your honour. ~

Note:

It has been a marathon year of painting and record number of exhibitions/sales last month.  So many highlights include the thrill of having two of my paintings purchased by Mr. Shurniak. His world class diverse collection of art will never be sold, auctioned, or broken up, always available to the public, as per his estate. My work will now permanently hang forever with great masters such as: The Group of Seven, ( Casson, Lismer, Jackson, Harris) Nicolas deGrandmaison,Doris McCarthy, Allen Sapp, Arthur Shilling, James Henderson,Joe Fafard, Bernard Cathelin, Carlos Nadal, Goodridge Roberts, numerous international masters, and my dear late friend Robert Genn. 

I arrived back in Ontario 2 days ago after a month away attending the exhibits. So excited to return to the studio soon and see what emerges! ( that is, after I have a long rest.)

It’s been a great joy & learning experience, inspiring meeting new friends & collectors, hearing your stories first hand. 

Congratulations to new & veteran collectors of the work, thanks to all of you for attending the exhibits, and those who have been following the journey on Instagram & Linked In. 

Over the last few months interviews with reporters, artists & collectors seek insight. Some ask for a straight forward ‘easy path to success’. My road to becoming a professional artist hasn’t been direct, unchallenging, nor is currently, easy. 

In retrospect, this is just one the aspects in my career I am most grateful for.

 May you be you be peaceful, may you be well…..may you have grit. 

P.S   I once asked a 2x cancer survivor friend how devastating it must have been to be diagnosed a second time. He said the second diagnosis was much easier, because “I knew what I had to do.”

2018 Reflection

By making space to enrich your life with original art & craft, the world benefits too.

In art, craft & music, humanity isn’t just equipped with beauty & function, it’s gifted with hope.
People exposed to art have less mental fatigue, ‘stronger critical thinking skills and are more socially tolerant.’
Solutions rise along with open-mindedness.

By collecting, you inspire others, creating tradition & legacy, opportunities to prosper, improve health, awareness and ideas. Art is an energy game changer. Your place becomes not just functional, but a place to thrive.

Original art & craft become a part of a family’s stories & legacy, inherited, gifted or auctioned, unlike so many disposable items today. In this way, dwellings become more sustainable, encouraging generations of conscious consumerism.

When we stop filling our spaces, and start filling our lives with thoughtful intention, mindfulness flourishes.
Cradling a mug of favourite tea made by a makers hands becomes an event. A caress in the curve of an armchair carved by hand gives one pause.
Art can empower and enlighten, stopping you mid stride with emotion. Paint & linen didn’t do that, the maker did.

“Support the arts” suggests a charitable act.
Yet, the arts support & unite humanity. Arts root us to past & present, inspire future possibility.
The arts are one of the largest contributors to fundraising for healthcare, conservation and educational venues.

But if we don’t include, collect, share art, artists become fewer, less inspired, less hopeful there is a place for them, and their work.

Dealers, Gallery owners and Artists report it’s become challenging motivating the public to visit & purchase original work.
“Screensavers have become their art collection” said one. Some people confessed not ever experiencing art in person, social media supplies their art viewing.

In this instance, the free online view deprives the artist of funds & fuel for further art, and the viewer is denied authentic experience. Art on a screen vs in person is like viewing a picture of a cupcake vs. savouring one.


These great electronic tools with their pixilated screens are intended as invitation to engage with real art.

In a time where fewer may be visiting galleries, a handful of resilient art lovers traveled thru a snow storm to the Shurniak Gallery opening.

my cousin Linda at the Shurniak
When new three paintings arrived in Kelowna, BC at the Hambleton Gallery this fall, two quickly sold, …to a couple from Toronto.

It’s been a wonderful 2018, you fill me with gratitude & inspiration by making room for and enriching your lives with art. The world thanks you too.

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News~
This is my last post for 2018, as I will be traveling to the exhibit this week without a laptop.
I will be available by email, and updating Instagram.
All artwork shown is available for purchase.

“We have been told often enough that craft is threatened.
But the truth is that craft can be so powerful, so convincing, that we will gladly stand helpless before it.”
The invention of craft 2013 Glenn Adamson

Glenn Adamson’s inspiring commencement speech May 2018 is truly worth the read.

 

Swiftly Flowing River

*Important: Due to upcoming Sask exhibit travels, studio will be closed Nov 28-Jan. Please be in touch asap for purchasing art from the studio. ( this includes holiday purchases)
*All Prices increase in Jan.
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The Cree name translates ‘swiftly flowing river’, apt, for a province that hosts 100,000 lakes & rivers, with 30 varieties of shore birds, and moose capital of the World.


Its home to 2 national parks, 35 provincial parks, 288,00o kms of forest, equaling 44% of the province.
Boreal forest covers over half the province.

If you still believe Saskatchewan is a flatland of wheat fields, view my cousin Megan’s photo below.

I was born in the village of Fort Qu’ Appelle’s Indian Hospital, Echo Valley Provincial park. The ‘Fort’ is located on a small section of land nestled between Echo and Pasqua lake, known as The Calling Lakes.

( google images of hospital & valley below. My photo of the lakeshore includes the chimney of the old hospital, google image of the Indian Hospital below.)

This beautiful valley is the home of Buffy St Marie, prominent artist James Henderson, and the historic Hansen Ross pottery studio.

James Henderson”the River” FortQ.

Chief Walter Dieter of the Peepeekisis became Head of Federation of Saskatchewan Indians the year I was born, two years later forming the Brotherhood of First Nations known today as the Assembly of First Nations.

In my Father’s Prov. Parks career it was mandatory to reside within amazing places like Echo Valley, including Greenwater and Kenosee Parks.

Employees were encouraged to experience diversity of the parks firsthand, therefore often transferred around the province. Living in varied remote wilderness, abundant with wildlife near first nation communities taught us appreciation for landscape/ culture diversity and adaptability.*

It’s a beautiful collective experience written in my soul.

I return to close the Saskatchewan Exhibit Dec 2.

It’s a body of work I am proud of, as varied, colourful & bold as the Canadian landscapes I have been fortunate to thrive in.
Special Thanks to the Shurniak Gallery for this opportunity & those who have traveled to the exhibit.

~New Work & MORE NEWS!!~

Lake Shore 18×24 $1100.00

New Sunset 24×36 oil fresh on the easel $2170.oo

All prices will be increasing in 2019! Website will reflect new pricing in January.
Website has a new user friendly ART page. Please peruse the art at your leisure. http://www.dawnbanning.com/newsblog/art-gallery/
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If you wish to purchase paintings from the Shurniak Exhibit, or from my studio please contact me asap.I will be away from the studio in December.
New “Mountain Snowfall’ is at the Hambleton Gallery for the Winter Exhibit due to open end of Nov!


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Due to the Canada Post Strike, I am using alternative methods for shipping, primarily UPS.
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* as an artist, these are key characteristics, enabling one to quickly engage with landscapes & relate those I haven’t experienced firsthand.